• Encouragement of sedentarism is perhaps the oldest "state project," a project related to the second-oldest state project of taxation

    James C. Scott
  • The larger the pile of rubble you leave behind, the larger your place in the historical record!

    James C. Scott
  • That frontier operated as a rough and ready homeostatic device; the more a state pressed its subjects, the fewer subjects it had. The frontier underwrote popular freedom

    James C. Scott
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